Douglas College appoints Leonel Roldán-Flores as new Associate Vice-President, International Education


Douglas College is building on its vision for graduating resilient global citizens by welcoming Leonel Roldán-Flores as the new Associate Vice-President, International Education on August 16. 

"Now more than ever, international education plays a pivotal role in preparing students for our interconnected world," says Sarah Dench, Vice-President, Student Affairs. "With his proven leadership and expertise, we are excited for Leonel Roldán-Flores to join the Douglas College community and look forward to building even more meaningful international opportunities for our students worldwide." 

Roldán-Flores comes to the College with over 10 years of experience in the post-secondary education sector. Most recently, he served for three years as the Director, UNBC International Education at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), where he managed international student recruitment, student services, and partnership development. He has also worked in leading administrative roles at the University of British Columbia’s International Office and the BC Council for International Education.  

“I am very happy to come to Douglas College,” says Roldán-Flores. “Douglas is a leader in the post-secondary education sector when it comes to reputation, programs, and connections to the community. I am very keen to work and learn from staff and colleagues across the institution.” 

Before working in universities, Roldán-Flores developed a career in provincial government. Originally working for Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development, he eventually transitioned to developing international initiatives for the Government of BC, particularly the province’s Market Strategy in India. He also worked in the Secretariat to the Asia Pacific Trade Council, which was responsible for developing and advising B.C.’s Premier on Asia-Pacific commerce strategies. 

Roldán-Flores holds a Master of Science in politics of development from the London School of Economics, with a specialty in Latin American studies. He has also earned a Bachelor of Arts in political economy from Concordia University of Edmonton, graduating with honours.  

Douglas College is the largest degree-granting college in B.C., combining the academic foundations of a university and the employer-ready skills of a college to provide the most relevant and inspiring undergraduate experience in British Columbia.   

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